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I see under your 'starting' section. At the bottom for Afro textured hair. For maintenance, on Comb Coils and Palm Rolled Twists, it says Twisting with 'Product'. Which product do you recommend

Anonymous

Hello!

If you’ve googled around a bit about the topic, you’ve probably noticed that everyone seems to use a different thing. A product with great reviews from one person can also have awful reviews from another person. How frustrating! 

To be honest, there isn’t a universal go-to in the world of retwisting. There are a few general rules in picking a product to choose based on general thumbs-down consensus.

Things to avoid when picking a loc retwist product:

  • Wax, petrolatum, and paraffin ingredients — Wax ingredients often leve a film on your locs, and sometimes that film is visible.
  • “Butter” products — Though some people have success with “butters,” a good majority seem to give it the thumbs-down because they tend to cause buildup. If you want to use shea butter products, not all of them are made equal, so learn more about the differences between them here.
If you would like a stricter list of ingredients to avoid to be as preventative as possible, click here.
From there on, everything else is more about trial and error. Many people even twist with water — some even do it dry! Some use gels, and others use creams. Just know that if something doesn’t work out for you, don’t be afraid to try something new. There’s no point to risking your hair health by trying the same no-good product over and over again, just because other people say it works for them!
However, there are a few tips you can follow to have better success with any product.
Tips for retwisting, regardless of product:
  • Experiment to find which method works for you — Do you like clips? No clips? Finger twisting? Palm rolling? Some things work better than others, so check out each method and see what you like?
  • “Less is more” in the realm of products — Some people slater on products, hoping they will work better. This isn’t true! All it does is leave your hair feeling a bit crunchy and leave you more susceptible to buildup. Using more product that you need makes it harder for your hair to breathe and wastes product, which costs you good money. Always remember to only use as much as you need to get the job done. Any more than that is just extra and doesn’t actually help.
  • Beware of the learning curve — If you’re just starting out with retwisting your locs yourself, the first few twists you do on yourself will be fairly loose, no matter what product you use. Using the best products can still turn out to be a bad experience if you haven’t honed your technique yet. Don’t get discouraged, though! Practice makes perfect; you’ll only get faster, and your twists will get neater and longer-lasting as time goes on, too!
At the end of the day, it’s all about trial and error. But that’s not to say that I’ll have you walk out of here without some specific suggestions! But I’ll leave that up to followers to finish off:
Followers, what do you use to retwist your locs? Leave a comment, or send us an ask!

- KJ

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My dreads are 6 m/o and some have sections of straight hair or holes that have developed. Is there anything I can do about it? They all have loops too which I like but some are large and was wondering if they will shrink much. Thx

paintedfox88

Hey there!

That sounds like a perfectly normal stage of maturity on locks made of straight hair! Really! 

Here is a video of me fixing a big hole in my locks a while back:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqhlaknCvS8

And here is a video that shows the slowed down way to do it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k86OWkCg8m8

I have also made a video about loops:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8OljI_43_w

Your loops are extremely normal in this case. If you leave the loops and the areas of straight hair alone, they will eventually take care of themselves and lock up. They just tangle, bunch up as loops, and shrink back into the lock, and my video gives a more detailed explanation. 

Now, you have a few choices here:

1- For a tidy look to your locks, you can crochet hook them. This will minimize loops and lumps, and keep them a more uniform size and texture. Do this once a month as needed to keep loose hairs at bay and loops to a minimum. 

2- For a messy/wilder look to your locks, you can leave them alone. If you just separate your locks daily and wash them regularly, you can otherwise let them do their own thing. In another 6 months to 1 year, they will be pretty mature and the loops will suck in. You’ll be left with lumpy locks, probably a lot of loose hair (which can look nice!), and locks that shrunk more than locks that have been crochet hooked. 

3- For something in between, you can spot crochet hook your locks. If you like the messy look, but don’t want it to get too wild, you can crochet hook in your weirdest and wildest loops, leaving the rest of your hair alone. Here’s a video on fixing loops and flat spots:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EfPjl2KR9Q

As for separating daily- whatever you do, SEPARATE! It will save you pain and agony pulling apart some matted areas later on. It’s important to do at least weekly. 

I hope this has led you to come to a choice that makes you happy. Good luck!
–JR

Hi! So did you ever have got vomit on your dreads? I don't know what to do, I got it accidentally and know I feel like they're really smelling even when I've washed them...

Anonymous

Hey there! 

Wow, that sounds like no fun! But we all get sick sometimes and/or party too hard, and things do happen. 

First off, just wash whichever area of the locks that were affected as well as you can. If you want, you can use a harsher soap like dish soap (just this once! all the time would dry out your hair) and firmly palm roll the affected areas. 

As per medical procedure, a thorough handwash is accomplished with at least 15 seconds of vigorous scrubbing with soap and warm water. If you do this a few times, and very thoroughly rinse the hair afterward for about 10-15 minutes, you will surely clear out any particles or ickies left behind. 

Maybe the smelling even though you’ve washed them is just in your mind? Obviously I am not telling you that you are wrong, but sometimes we can’t forget how dirty something once was, so we keep thinking it is “dirty” even after being clean. 

If you know you’ve really scrubbed and cleaned as much as possible, and you can’t see any particles, and there isn’t a smell anymore, you should be fine. 

In the worst case, you could brush out the areas that had vomit on them to ensure no particles remained, but it is very unlikely. Good luck, and sorry for your experience. 

In the future, if you know you’re going to party hearty, or be ill, it’s best to put your locks up and away from your face to lessen the chance they’ll get dirty again. Good luck! 
–JR

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Are there any reputable places in Philly that do dreadlocks? (:

Anonymous

I’m pretty sure there are! What kind of hair do you have?

- KJ

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